The incredible rise of Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect, and the man still standing in her way

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June 2, 2021

The incredible rise of Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect, and the man still standing in her way

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(CNN)- Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect has had a strange inaugural week in office.

When Fiame Naomi Mata'afa turned up to the Pacific island nation's Parliament on Monday to be sworn in, she found the building locked. The 64-year-old went ahead with the oath-taking ceremony anyway -- inside a tent on Parliament grounds.

"(Though) it was disappointing, we weren't surprised," she said from her office in the capital Apia. "But we were very resolved that a convening and swearing-in ceremony needed to take place." Monday was the final day a new parliament could be sworn in following the April 9 election under Samoa's constitution.

Click here to read the full article published by CNN on 30 May 2021.

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Julia Hollingsworth
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